"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men... written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart... Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life" (2 Co 3:2-6).
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Contending With the 2016 Passion Conference
Dear reader, I along with 40 plus soldiers of the cross did contended with the 2016 Passion Conference for several days. After watching several YouTube videos of past Passion events and several live-stream sermons from this years event plus engaging in several one-on-one conversations with Passion Conference staff and attenders about sin, righteousness, and judgment (see Jon. 16:8), I can speak the Truth in Love and warn you that the Holy Ghost is a million miles away from this Jeroboam Christianity.
The 2016 Passion Conference Exposed:
All throughout the centuries, people have claimed to be in the centrality of Biblical Doctrine but were greatly deceived. For example Matthew Chapter 23, the Pharisees had good enough doctrine to where Jesus said to observe and do as they say but don't do after their works because they say and do not. Jesus commended their knowledge of the scriptures but in the same chapter, the most loving man who ever lived pronounced upon them woe upon woe and did call them the following:
- Children of hell
- Blind guides
- Fools and blind
- Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones and of all uncleaness and iniquity
- Children of them which killed the prophets
- Serpents, generation of vipers
"Search the scriptures; for in them YE THINK ye have eternal life" (Jon. 5:39)... Dear Passion Conference, this Person called Eternal Life goes deeper than a mental accent into the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, giving your money away to humanitarian efforts with an X on your hand but the world still in your heart (don't be deceived by the David Crowder song titled "Oh Happiness". The burden of Christians in Christ is not happiness, but righteousness), and do not be deceived to think you are really having an encounter with God during those times when you lift up your soul with Christian words coupled with the lights, bass, and the exhilaration that would come from such a super charged atmosphere of a Passion Conference.
Dear Passion Conference, are you being pumped up with flesh-born hype and religious zeal only to find yourself back home weary and heavy laden with the reality that no matter how hard you want to be passionate follower of the Lamb, sin still has dominion over you having never been set free from sin by the power of God which is a Divine Miracle that happens in the soul of man that can only come as a gift from God and not of yourself - His grace, His faith and not your own.
"I was there, I was living in a viscous cycle, trying to patch myself up, trying to give me, trying to put upon my sins the band-aid Loui Giglio gave me - Passion Conference North-Dallas 2004, and it didn't work, I wasn't free from my sin. He sold me a bill of goods but I was still dead in my sins and trespasses, it never saved me".
- Jake Gardner
"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." (Jer. 6:14-16).
"Some years ago it was my privilege to share a room with the great Indian mystic, Sadhu Sundar Singh, and I remember a story he told us of a conversation that had with a Professor of Comparative Religions in the University of Cambridge: "Tell me," said the Professor, "What have you found in Christianity that you did not find in your old religion?" The Sadhu replied, "Professor, I found the dear Lord Jesus. "Oh, yes, I quite understand, but what particular principle or doctrine? Tell me, what new philosophy have you found in Christianity that you did not find in your old religion?" And again the Sadhu replied, "Professor, I found the dear Lord Jesus." You see, his witness was to a Person and not to a principal; to a life, and not to a philosophy - Christ was real.
- Duncan Campbell
Passion Conference, might I lovingly warn you that you are a grief to God and a mind-blinding, soul-damning peril to men. The 2016 Passion Conference was addressing the audience as genuine converts rightly related to God when the Bible teaches that few are truly saved and in the last days their will be and is a great falling away among God's remnant (2Th. 2), even likening it to the days of Noah, "wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water" (1Pet. 3:20). If we were to take the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew chapter 7 or Luke 13 seriously, the witness of "false prophets" evidenced by "evil fruit" (Matt. 7:15,18) as exposed in the videos included in this post, it would be sound to say that the fears of "many" (Matt. 7:22) who attended the Passion Conference will come to pass in that day when God shall judge the secrets of men, sentencing hypocrites to everlasting burnings if they do not bend before the Word of the Lord and break before His presence - "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt. 7:23).
"Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment" (Mal. 2:17)?
There is a great host of professing Christians in our generation that are going to hell in droves, not for lack of knowledge on an intellectual level, but because they have a form of godliness that fortifies the deceitfulness of their own heart and appeases their conscience with a false peace - people singing about how they are unashamed of God, studying about God, doing ministry, thinking they have the eye of God, the favor of God, but their hearts are actually far from Him. How can this be?
"Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God, but the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked" (Isa. 58:2, 57:20,21). These are the "heady highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2Tim. 3:4,5,7).
When men who don't want to die to self-will, self-pleasure, self-exaltation, self-righteousness and such like ways that exemplify a person who is condemned by the Biblical definition of the world (1Jon. 2:16), they are giving heed to a lying vanity and are forsaking God's execution device. The message of the cross never becomes good news to them. They don't want their life to end. They don't want to believe that God hates their life (Psa. 5:5). They don't want to stop worshiping their false Jesus that lets them be a Christian and love the world and be at friendship with the world at the same time - "the love of the Father is not in them" (1Jon. 2:15). Thus they choose the broadway of popular Christianity instead of the strait gate that is the Biblical Christ, who is Lord indeed. Thus they never hate their life and lose it for His sake and the Gospel's. Thus they never know the power of God unto salvation. They believe they are forgiven of their sins but are not set free from their sins. They live, but not by the resurrection power. They profess, but not by the True Vine. They work, but all their produce is Christ-less and everyday they wake up and believe that God is pleased with them when really, everyday, God is angry with them and they do verily take His Name in vain (Psa. 7:11). They believe that the desire of their souls is to His Name but really the Name of God is blasphemed among the inhabitants of the earth because of their hypocrisy and it is written:
"They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2Th. 10-12).
Those who have been crucified with Christ are risen to newness of life by the resurrection power of God which results in the new birth, a new heart, not sinless perfection but all things becoming new. Such a people who walk in this newness of life do feel God's heart more than their own. They don't have to "try harder". They must simply draw near with a true heart and yield to the One who now liveth in them, yield to what they already are - "a new creature" (2Cor. 5:17), whereby a divine, conscience and unconscience influence does ever impregnate their inner man with His will and pleasure. They do speak in the stead of Christ as ambassadors of another kingdom the Word of reconciliation - Repent. And what is the general response to Christ in Christians pleading with men to turn away from their own righteousness, to condemn their self-righteousness and turn to God's righteousness by faith, the message of the cross - you must die to live? Pride, slander, strife, envy, murder and every evil work.
"But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness" (Matt. 6:23)!
Those in the 1st century that had good enough doctrine to observe and do, crucified the Thrice Holy God on a cross and didn't even know it! Sin is deceitful, the demons masquerade themselves as ministers of Christ and the heart is deceitful above all things. Men have not changed, the depravity of man is still the same and "the disciple is not above His Master" (Matt. 10:24,25) and "all that will live godly IN Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2Tim. 3:12) because Christ is still doing the same things He did in the 1st century, only in this day and time He is doing it through earthen vessels that are filled with the excellency of divine knowledge working and willing in the soul of man.
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain" (Gal. 2:20).
Jesus Christ, the embodiment of perfect love and wisdom was the most hated man in His day and time and why? He knew if people were going to be saved from the pervading religious hypocrisy that was the bulwark of Satan, first century Judaism needed to be exposed that men would forsake the soul-damning traditions of men which make void the commandment of God: obey His living and active presence, in which the Bible defines as "the hearing of Faith" (Gal. 3:2) which will always be consistent with Biblical Salvation.
"The hearing of Faith", do you know by experience what this is?
God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home, family, friends, his life as he knew it from whence he came and to go and sojourn in a land he knew not. Abraham, by grace through faith and not of himself, obeyed the voice of God and it was accounted to him for righteousness, but the Christian Popes of the 21st century want to reduce salvation into a formula, mental ascent into the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, a "say this prayer", do this and that flesh-born tradition making void the commandment of God that is ordained for Life: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:11). Salvation is in a Person, you must reconcile yourself to Him and not the traditions of religion (man's).
"Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him" (Acts. 5:31-32)
If you would rather rest in the superstition that is the sinner's prayer that you repeated or whatever way you decided to follow Jesus that did not bring you into the reality of forsaking all to follow Him (Luk. 14) by "the hearing of faith", you are perishing, "but unto us which are saved it (the message of the cross) is the power of God" (1Cor. 1:18).
Do you know my Jesus? Or do you fill yourself with knowledge about Him, sing songs about Him, attend a Passion Conference that stirs up your enthusiasm for a little while but ultimately leaves you dead in your sins, discontent, and without true rest for your soul because you will not come to Him by way of the Cross? It is futile to imitate Him but only to the point where it doesn't cross your will and cause you to suffer. Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it" (Mar. 8:34-35).
The following quotes are from Leonard Ravenhill:
“There’s only two kinds of people in the world, those who are dead in sin and those who are dead to sin."
"Get rid of this bunkum about 'carnal Christian'. Forget it! If you're carnal, you're not saved."
"Do you think Paul finished out his days, 'Oh wretched man that I am?' He said in Romans 7, 'It's not I but sin dwelling in me.' In Galatians, he said, 'It's not I it's Christ living in me.' You can't have the indwelling Christ who is indwelling carnality - one has to get out of the way! Who preaches salvation? We're preaching forgiveness!"
“We pray that some of us may go to our own funeral tonight, and die to self, and end all the failure and all the weakness”.
"When Jesus comes for the Bride, He's not coming for every believer, I'm assured of that."
To the passionate but unconverted and every lukewarm believer: The hour has come, give God the glory and die that He might live in and through you! Dear soul, this has never been about the kind of legalism that is to reform your life and then come to Jesus or reform your life around Biblical principles apart from first reconciling yourself to the King according to His terms of peace - "enter ye in at the strait gate" (Matt. 7:13), that is so strait it will rip away all of your idols to serve the Living God, praise the Name! His terms are never a formula but by "the hearing of faith" which if followed all the way, will put you under the Authorship of His Great Pen of Salvation not to be repented off.
"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb. 5:9), but "The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead" (Pro. 21:16).
"God gives His Holy Spirit not to those who long for Him, not to those who pray to Him, not to those who desire to be filled always; HE GIVES HIS SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO OBEY"!
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (2Cor. 6:17,18).
"The problem is that people bear the Christian name but act like worldlings and love the amusements and follies of the world. It is time for a division in the House of the Lord in which those for Christ go into one camp and those against Christ go into the other camp. We have been mixed together too long."
- CH Spurgeon
"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach" (Heb. 13:13).
"To receive the crucified One as our Lord means to be despised and rejected with Him. We must bear the stigma and the reproach of the Cross of Christ. The acceptance of Christ as Lord means also the crucifixion the old life of sin and selfishness and sin.
"They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal 5:24).
"If the crucified One is Lord of our lives, the hand that rules will be a nail-pierced hand. He, as the Caption of our Salvation, will lead us in a path of crucifixion and shame. That is what it means to accept Christ as Lord".
-James A Stewart
Passion Conference 2016, a voice does cry out to you from the wilderness of Wells TX, but will you hear it as the words of mere men or the words of God through earthen vessels preparing the way of the Lord that He might come back for a Bride that is "a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:27). Worthy is Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
"How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Matt. 23:37-39).
Promo Video for Must Hear Sermon:
The following 4 videos give testimony of a false convert who once attended the Passion Conferences:
Passion Conference 2016, Where is Your Burden for Souls?